Volunteers Make A Difference
People who generously give their time, hard work and skills to our mission make a difference in the lives of hundreds of families every week. Together we put food in their cupboards and on their tables.
We have been fortunate to have over 300 new people register to volunteer in 2020. With COVID-19 social distancing requirements, we are limited in the actual number of volunteers we can have on-site.
In order to put our existing volunteers "to work" safely,
we are not currently registering new volunteers for on site work. We are seeking volunteers for remote work who have particular skills, or, to contribute to food drive projects.
Already Registered as a Volunteer?
After you login, you will be able to find jobs and openings where we need you in our schedule.
WE are seeking volunteers with particular skills
If you have experience with Constant Contact or similar software we are looking for someone to help us create our monthly newsletter.
We are also seeking an organized, community-oriented volunteer who wants to reply to inquiries and schedule neighborhood food drives.
If you have time and interest in helping with these requests or have another skill you wish to offer, please email our Volunteer Special Projects Coordinator, Becky Snow.
If are an existing volunteer with a question, or, you have another volunteer-related inquiry, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Tardiff.
OUR COMMITMENT TO COVID SAFETY
Due to CDC and State of Massachusetts safety recommendations to safeguard everyone from the spread of COVID-19, we want to emphasize that volunteering at CSFP is a personal choice. We do not want you to volunteer if you are in a high risk category, feel ill in any way or feel at risk for any reason. We ask that you wear your own cloth mask or we can offer you a disposable one. We also have disposable gloves and hand sanitizer available.
Our teams are small to help keep people safe. Our job teams indoors are for 1 or 2 people working in a large area 6' or more apart. Outdoors, we have teams of 3-5 people present during client distribution.
We appreciate the energy, fitness of enthusiasm of those 70 years and older but are following CDC guidelines which state that people over the age of 70 are at greater risk to become seriously ill from COVID-19. If you are over the age of 70 and register to volunteer, we may not assign you to a job in our pantry at this time.
Guidelines for VolunteerS
We ask that all CSFP volunteers demonstrate our core values of mutual respect and kindness. It helps if you can add a little patience and good humor, too!
We are working on a virtual training course for volunteers which will allow you meet some of us and learn more about how our pantry operates.
In the meantime, be assured that there will always be a staff and/or board member present during your volunteer shift to answer your questions and give you guidance.
WhO CAN Volunteer
Our volunteers are typically between the ages of 16 and 70 years old.
Young adults between the ages of 11 and 15 years old may volunteer with an accompanying adult (parent or other relative, guardian or group leader).
Individuals who are comfortable working outdoors regardless of the weather, and, who can comfortably and repeatedly lift and move 15-30 pound boxes or bags is important. Due to our new model of outdoor distribution, many of our volunteer jobs require work outdoors regardless of the weather, or, in an indoor room with the windows open. Because our collective "job" is to give people food, volunteer jobs involve lifting and moving lots of food. We will provide snacks and encouragement!
WhAT CAN I SIGN UP TO DO?
We have a variety of jobs available on our pantry distribution days, every Tuesday and the first Saturday of the month. These include:
Outdoor set up
Packing grocery bags with dry goods, produce and/or personal care items
Bringing bags to clients curbside and replenishing our inventory outdoors
We welcome fit and good-hearted volunteers to help us unload our delivery from the Greater Boston Food Bank. These arrive 1-2x a week and are essential to our operation!